Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

"Posters on the Hill" , Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2006

 Randall Reif and his poster

Institution St. Mary's College of Maryland, MD
Student Randall Reif
Advisor Randolph Larsen
Division Chemistry
Abstract A Method of Measuring Arsenic in Groundwater

CUR hosts an annual event called, "Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill" which occurs in late March or April of each year. Sixty competitively selected student posters are displayed on the U.S. Capitol during a late afternoon reception. In the morning of the same day, there is an orientation session, followed by visits from students and their faculty mentors to their Representatives and Senators' offices.

Robert Reif, Dr. Larsen (back), and Dr. Ann Nalley (ACS president)          Robert Reif at the DC Capitol